Auction 136, Lot 822

"Kino and the Cartography of Northwestern New Spain", Burrus, Ernest J.

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1965 (published)

Publication: Arizona Pioneer's Historical Society

Color: Black & White

10.3 x 14.2 inches
26.2 x 36.1 cm

An important work on early mapping of the American Southwest and a full-length study of Kino's work as a scientific cartographer. It identifies thirty-one maps by Kino, three reproduced here for the first time. First edition, limited to 750 copies designed and printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy. Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645 - 1711) was a Jesuit missionary who explored Pimeria Alta (northern Sonora and southern Arizona) and founded several missions in the region. His map of Baja California, "Passage par terre a la Californie," published in Paris in 1705, was the first to depict the Gila River, the Colorado River, and southern Arizona, based on first-hand observation. He is credited with putting an end to the myth of California being an island. Small folio, 17 map plates (3 in color), 2 portrait renditions, 4 plates from Scherer's Atlas Novus. Hard bound in red cloth with compass rose in gilt on front cover and text on spine, 104 pp, Bibliography and index. A very handsome book in red cloth and with uncut, deckle-edged paper.


Condition: A+

Like new, with protective clear cover.

Estimate: $200 - $300

Sold for: $130

Closed on 6/1/2011